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social

In a recent article by a heretofore anonymous self-proclaimed director of the institute for Economic Education and an assistant professor of economics at East Texas Baptist University, Tyler Watts belittled social security. His credentials...
headlines

If you are among those whose blood pressure rises when you read the headline of an article; wake up. The headline does not tell the whole story; read the entire article and then decide...
religions

One of the great errors in America is that religions are respected as independent and non-political organizations. This is a falsehood which allows them to campaign for candidates who support their views without paying...
ageism

Commentary by James Turnage The arrogance of Americans under 50 is annoying. Whether it comes from the late-night television talk show hosts or from sitcoms, the perpetrators of jokes about those of us who are...
Israeli

Last week Sweden became the first major European Nation to recognize the Palestinian State. There is reason to believe that their move could be the beginning of a change in attitude around the world....
climate

There should be no argument that climate change is the result of man’s abuse of the environment, but there is. Doubters cannot ignore the extremes in weather, some of which are the most severe...
civil

Kaci Hickox returned home from Sierra Leone this weekend. She is a nurse and was treating patients infected with the Ebola virus. Ms. Hickox was held at the airport for six hours and then...
Kimberly Edson lives in Rochester, Minnesota. She watched a man walk by her home escorting his two daughters to school. He was wearing a gun, visible for all to see. A battle ensued forcing the issue of second amendment rights vs. first amendment rights. Another case of guns vs. free speech. After several days, the weapon was no longer visible. Edson was concerned about guns being near or on school grounds. She felt everyone should know that he was armed. She placed a sign in her front yard revealing that the man, Matthew Halleck, was carrying a loaded gun in the elementary school’s vicinity. The sign also had his picture on it. Halleck has a permit to carry a concealed weapon, but Edson is concerned about the existence of dangerous weapons near a school. Halleck insists the gun is for his and his daughters’ protection. Halleck insists that he has a right under the second amendment to carry a loaded weapon. Edson says she is exercising her right of free speech under the first amendment, and feels a responsibility to inform the community. Halleck says that he is considering a lawsuit claiming libel. In reality, this is another example of a nation which lives in fear. The good qualities America used to revere were faith, trust, and respect for our fellow man. They have been replaced or subdued. After the Sandy Hook massacre, and the argument about gun legislation once again exploded onto the scene, the ‘Journal News’ published a map of every gun owner in the two counties around the school. The NRA became involved and claimed the first amendment rights of those who possessed a permit to have a gun were being violated. Connecticut has a public record law which allows the records to be made public. In Idaho, it is unlawful to publish such records. Disagreement continues between the two sides of the issue. It is unlikely that a solution will ever be found. The gun lobby, the NRA, continues to make false and fearful statements about the necessity of a fully armed nation, and misuse the true meaning of the second amendment. Those who advocate legislation regarding the control of certain types of guns and ammunition believe it is their right to expose the existence of dangerous weapons in their communities. They point to the first amendment. Not one patriotic American denies the second amendment and the right of reputable individuals to possess guns. Background checks for all gun purchases are not in conflict with the second amendment. In addition, when it was written none of our founding fathers could have foreseen the invention of assault rifles and other weapons which can fire hundreds of bullets in seconds. Americans live in a constant state of fear. Gun owners say that they fear criminals. The other side fears people with guns. Reading incidents about people going about their everyday lives becoming shot and killed makes them afraid to go grocery shopping, attend a movie, or assemble in almost any public place, including their church. It’s all about guns vs. free speech and feeling safe. The correct answer to the situation is simple, but difficult to achieve; use common sense. Facing the truth might be effective as well. By James Turnage Sources: RT PBS Slate

Kimberly Edson lives in Rochester, Minnesota. She watched a man walk by her home escorting his two daughters to school. He was wearing a gun, visible for all to see. A battle ensued forcing...

Why are certain entities exempt from paying federal income tax? Charities return donations to the needy, (at least some of it), so we can probably understand that. Many political organizations do not pay taxes;...

Brittany Maynard was diagnosed in January with grade II Astrocytoma. The 29-year-old woman was informed of her condition just after her wedding day. The disease spread quickly into intoglioblastoma multiforme, the deadliest form of...

It is now legal to buy elections in the United States. The working class cannot afford to spend billions of dollars in campaign donations to assist their chosen individual in his or her attempt...

As of September 30, 2014, estimates claim that nearly a billion dollars has been spent by the United States in an attempt to bomb the terrorist group into submission. Recent reports suggest that the...
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